Home-made-gifts

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So, my friends are getting coasters with their favorite cards inside them (or at least high quality proxies) for Christmas.

Work in progress. They should be gorgeous once they’re sanded and polished.

Bread in a Jar for Gift Giving (stores up to 1 year!)

2/3 cup shortening
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 2/3 cup sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup nuts

Cream shortening and sugar;
beat in eggs, pumpkin, and water.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices.
Add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in nuts.
Pour mixture into greased wide mouthed pint jars.
Fill ½ full. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.
When done, remove 1 jar at a time, wipe sealing edge
with paper towl or cloth, and screw cap on tightly.
The heat will vacuum seal the jar
and the bread will keep up to 1 year. Makes 8 pints.

Variations - Substitute for pumpkin any 1 of the following:
2 c. shredded apples or carrots
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 c. apricots
2 c. fresh peaches chopped
1 bag whole cranberries, ground
1 ¾ cup applesauce plus ¼ c. pineapple
2 c. bananas, mashed
2 c. zucchini, shredded

anonymous asked:

klaine: i’m a florist and you keep buying flowers from me and what do you mean it was my fault we didn’t get together earlier you were buying flowers i assumed you had a lover au

Hihi

Klaine Bingo: Earth

Blaine has never been one to buy flowers.

Most of the time, he brings home-made gifts to people inviting him for dinner, and his mother has a whole garden of flowers–the only time he brought her flowers was when he came back from Keukenhof and bought her bulbs of tulips.

But ever since “Edelweiss” opened in his street, Blaine has a sudden willingness to offer flowers to all the people in his life.

A little bouquet of daisies for his barista on a particularly rainy day.

A large bouquet of peonies and freesias on the day of the opening of Sam’s kindergarten school.

An array of potted hyacinths–blue, pink and white–for Tina’s birthday, complete with a bag of fresh soil.

A bouquet of ranunculus for the old lady who sells red bracelets at the entrance of the subway because … because Blaine is running out of people to buy flowers for, and he can’t have too much of them in his apartment–it’s a nightmare to clean, and he gets sneezy when he buys too much of it.

But.

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Easy Homemade Extract Recipes

It’s really easy to do and takes little more than a lot of patience as you wait several weeks for the flavors to develop. I can already envision the yogurt lemon cake that the lemon extract will come in handy for and the chocolate stout cake that the chocolate extract will make even more chocolaty.

Chocolate Extract

3 tablespoons cocoa nibs

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Lemon Extract

2 lemons

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

With a vegetable peeler, remove peel from lemons being careful to avoid getting too much of the white pith. Add to a jar with vodka or rum and water, and seal tightly. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract to remove solids.

Coffee Extract

2 tablespoons crushed coffee beans

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Vanilla Extract

3 vanilla pods

¾ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Split vanilla beans along their length and then slice each in half. Place vanilla beans in a glass jar and pour in alcohol and water. Seal the jar with an airtight fitting lid and let sit for 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar every few days or so.

Almond extract

3 tablespoons ground skinless, blanched almonds

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a coffee filter to remove solids.

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My friends Jimi and Sam have a longstanding joke where they talk about ‘murdering a woman’ on a night out. So, for Jimi’s birthday we decided to gift him with everything he would need to do so in the stylings of Peter Sutcliffe, aka, The Yorkshire Ripper.

The Peter Sutcliffe Assault kit included;

2 knives; a stone in a sock; a hammer; a fake beard; a v-neck sweater (he was found wearing one of these as a pair of trousers on his arrest, so his genitals were exposed); a rope and a screwdriver.

Jimi never took it home due to the risk factor of being caught whilst out drinking with such a combination of items, and 'Sutty’ became a stable member of the household, though, since moving, he’s mostly taken up residence down the side of the sofa. 

Christmas Crafting

So much to do!

Glue the tea cups to their tea plates. Buy tiny plants, pot them in tea cups

Make envelopes for all the home made Christmas cards and mail them out 

Buy all the ingredients to make hot chocolate on a stick (yes I realize the marshmallow recipe link doesn’t work. That’s why Google exists).

Make a whole heck of a lot of plarn so I can finish my mom’s purse

Melt down all my old beeswax candles and make my dad his very own 100% beeswax candle (he loves candles and refuses to believe there is a difference between his paraffin candles and my beeswax candles. I’ll show him.)

And yet here I am on tumblr, being distracted. STAHP.